American Government and Alien Property
Unsolved Problem of Seized Enemy Property
Congress may be asked next winter to reverse the decision which it made in 1948 to treat enemy property seized in the United States during World War II as a source of funds to satisfy claims against the enemy countries. A Senate Judiciary subcommittee headed by Sen. Johnston (D-S.C.) has scheduled public hearings to open Sept. 29 on bills to return the property, or the proceeds of property already liquidated, to the former private owners. The administration has favored handing back a part of the property, but strong demands for full restitution—regardless of international agreements to the contrary and regardless of the cost to the American taxpayer—have been made both in and out of Congress.